City Lights Authors in the News

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Writing on the Wall
Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal
Mumia Abu-Jamal, Johanna Fernandez

"Johanna Fernandez interviewed on Democracy Now!"

In a stunning vote, a group of U.S. Senate Democrats broke ranks to join Republicans in rejecting President Obama's pick to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, Debo Adegbile. The confirmation fight focused almost solely on Adegbile’s role in the legal defense of imprisoned Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer, despite Abu-Jamal’s longstanding position of being not guilty. Adegbile was part of a team of lawyers at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund who successfully argued the trial judge’s jury instructions violated Abu-Jamal’s rights. Adegbile’s supporters say the attacks on him mark a new form of Willie Horton politics and race baiting. Democracy Now! discusses the controversy with two guests: Johanna Fernández, professor of history at Baruch College-CUNY and a coordinator with the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home, and Ryan Haygood, director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s Political Participation Group.

-Democracy Now! Mar 6, 2014

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The Violence of Organized Forgetting
Thinking Beyond America's Disimagination Machine
Henry A. Giroux

"Henry Giroux interviewed on The Majority Report"

McMaster University Professor and author of Neoliberalism's War on Higher Education, Henry Giroux explains what exactly Neoliberalism is, why civic literacy is a threat to Neoliberalism, the public education crisis, why Neoliberals view the function of government as protecting the 1%, the delusions that drive the school privatization movement, the ideology of civic illiteracy, the distortion of freedom in American politics, why we have lost the ability to understand the broad context of the Neoliberal assault on the public, how the left has failed in understanding the culture war, how power is separated from politics, how we are living in a society of spectacle, why the left needs to have a bigger politics, the role of liberal reform in radical politics and how the young are suffering under austerity and how they could lead a movement for genuine change and are we heading towards another 1960s.

-The Majority Report Apr 3, 2014

"Interview on Bill Moyers and Company"

Henry Giroux, discussed his forthcoming book with City Lights, "The Violence of Organized Forgetting: Thinking Beyond America's Disimagination Machine," with Bill Moyers.

-Bill Moyers and Company Nov 22, 2013

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Tender Buttons
The Corrected Centennial Edition
Gertrude Stein, Seth Perlow

"The Rumpus poetry column features Tender Buttons"

Tender Buttons was recently reissued by City Lights Books, to mark the centennial of a volume that broke language barriers, acknowledging hungers to see more. It challenged with inspired daring.

-Barbara Berman, The Rumpus Apr 2, 2014

"Seth Perlow interviewed on WBAI in New York"

Seth Perlow discusses his corrected centennial edition of Tender Buttons with Janet Coleman of Cat Radio Cafe. Choose show recorded on March 31, 2014 from the archives page. Interview begins around 9 minutes in.

-Janet Coleman, Cat Radio Cafe, WBAI Mar 31, 2014

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Border Patrol Nation
Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security
Todd Miller

"Todd Miller interviewed in The Texas Observer"

Todd Miller discusses his new book, Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security, with journalist Melissa del Bosque.

-Melissa del Bosque, The Texas Observer Apr 15, 2014

"Todd Miller interviewed on the Huffington Post"

David Henry Sterry says, "What You Don't Know About Immigration and Border Patrol Will Horrify You."

-David Henry Sterry, The Huffington Post Apr 10, 2014

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Stray Poems
San Francisco Poet Laureate Series No. 6
Alejandro Murguía

"Interview with Alejandro Murguia"

Author of Stray Poems, Alejandro Murguia, in conversation with eventseeker 

-eventseeker Feb 18, 2014

"Alejandro Murguía featured in the San Francisco Bay Guardian"

Alejandro Murguía, author of Stray Poems, comes to light in the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

-Fernando Andres Torres, San Francisco Bay Guardian Jan 28, 2014

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Nan Dòmi
An Initiate's Journey into Haitian Vodou
Mimerose Beaubrun

"Excerpt from Mimerose Beaubrun's latest book, Nan Dòmi"

Nan Dòmi, written by Mimerose Beaubrun, gets appreciated on Reality Sandwich.

-Mimerose Beaubrun, Reality Sandwich Mar 14, 2014

PRI: AfroPop Worldwide

In this interview for PRI's AfroPop Worldwide, Mimerose "Manze" Beaubrun discusses how she originally set out to research the lakou, which is the traditional Haitian community, and along the way, met Aunt Tansia, the woman who would initiate her into Vodou. (The link prompts you to the interview clip at 46:25.)

"This book is my participation in my culture. . . . Often there is a lot of disinformation about the Haitian culture; often it's very negative and it stops people from understanding the culture. . . . Vodou is not only a religion . . . it's a philosophy of life.



-AfroPop Worldwide May 16, 2013

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Ghost Tantras
Michael McClure

"Michael McClure introduces Ghost Tantras"

Michael McClure shares a small portion of his latest book Ghost Tantras.

-Michael McClure, Poems and Poetics Feb 12, 2014

"Michael McClure blends old and new works in latest book"

Michael McClure talks about Ghost Tantras, his latest book.

-Lou Fancher, Inside Bay Area Jan 10, 2014

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An Army of Lovers
Juliana Spahr, David Buuck

"An interview with Juliana Spahr and David Buuck"

Juliana Spahr and David Buuck respond to a question about the economic inequality in the US, answer "Can poetry do anything?" and many other interesting questions.

-SPLABMAN. Paul E Nelson Feb 18, 2014

"An Army of Lovers in The Georgia Review"

An Army of Lovers, written by Juliana Spahr & David Buuck, comes to light in The Georgia Review

-The Georgia Review Jan 17, 2014

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Spying on Democracy
Government Surveillance, Corporate Power, and Public Resistance
Heidi Boghosian

"Heidi Boghosian featured in"

Heidi Boghosian, the head of the National Lawyers Guild and author of Spying on Democracy, comes to light in

-Anne Galloway, Feb 3, 2014

"Heidi Boghosian shares what Americans need to know about spying and civil liberties"

Surveillance expert and author of the book Spying on Democracy, Heidi Boghosian, shares her thoughts on how President Obama might restore confidence in the National Security Agency (NSA).

-Heidi Boghosian, Bill Moyers and Company Jan 16, 2014

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National Insecurity
The Cost of American Militarism
Melvin A. Goodman

"Melvin A. Goodman explains why CIA Director John Brennan should resign immediately"

Melvin A. Goodman, author of National Insecurity: The Cost of American Millitarism, comes to light in CounterPunch.

-Melvin A. Goodman, CounterPunch Mar 13, 2014

"How US Policy is Deepening the Crisis With Russia"

Melvin A. Goodman, author of National Insecurity, wrote an op-ed on "A new cold war" for CounterPunch.

-Melvin A. Goodman, CounterPunch Mar 10, 2014

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Ali Liebegott

"Cha-Ching! is a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for best lesbian fiction!"

Ali Liebegott's Cha-Ching! is a finalist for the 26th Annual Lambda Literary Award or the "Lammys."

-Lambda Literary Mar 6, 2014

"Ali Liebegott interviewed by the Redwood Coast Review"

Cha-Ching!s Author Ali Liebegott, interviewed for the article "Women in Charge" on female writers and the publishing industry.

-Jonah Raskin, Redwood Coast Review

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The End of San Francisco
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

"Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore interviewed in The Brooklyn Rail"

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, author of The End of San Francisco, shares what she learned while writing, a really important part of the book and much more with Kathleen Rooney.

-Kathleen Rooney, The Brooklyn Rail Feb 5, 2014

"Interview on the award-winning internationally distributed weekly LGBT radio program"

This Way Out: 10 Years of US marriage equality + "The End of San Francisco" A-Infos Radio Project

-Radio4all Dec 3, 2013

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Robert Duncan in San Francisco
Michael Rumaker

"Robert Duncan in San Francisco in Poetics of Listening"

Robert Duncan in San Francisco, written by Michael Rumaker, comes to light in Poetics of Listening.

-Poetics of Listening Feb 10, 2014

"Robert Duncan in San Francisco featured in Oyster Boy Review"

Robert Duncan in San Francisco, written by Michael Rumaker, is featured in Oyster Boy Review.

-Jeffery Beam, Oyster Boy Review Jan 14, 2014

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Green Is the New Red
An Insider's Account of a Social Movement Under Siege
Will Potter

"Will Potter comes to light in TED"

Will Potter, author of Green is the New Red, discusses the problem of treating environmentalists like terrorists.

-Karen Eng, TED Blog Jan 31, 2014

Will Potter on KALW's radio show Your Call

Will Potter, author of Green Is the New Red, makes a guest appearance on KALW Local Public Radio to discuss environmentalists today.

-Ali Budner, KALW Local Public Radio May 2, 2012

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The Black History of the White House
Clarence Lusane

"Clarence Lusane featured on Democracy Now"

Clarence Lusane, author of The Black History of the White House, on Democracy Now discussing why knowledge of the stories of slaves who were owned by--and labored for--past presidents is an essential topic for discussion on President's Day.

-Democracy Now Feb 17, 2014

"Missing From Presidents Day: The People They Enslaved" by Clarence Lusane

Clarence Lusane, author of The Black History of the White House, shares his most recent essay

-Clarence Lusane, The Zinn Education Project Feb 13, 2014